The Ultimate 30-Day Journal Challenge

The Ultimate 30-Day Journal Challenge

30 prompts to get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper.
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With the stresses of finals and later the boredom of being at home for a WHOLE MONTH comes the need for distraction. Maybe not so much distraction as introspection, and what better way to look inside yourself than to write? Now, granted, I may be a bit biased as an English major, but journaling and writing in general has incredible transformative properties. It allows us to get to know ourselves a bit better and to articulate what we are feeling. We are able to truly work through our thoughts and feelings rather than bury them. So today I challenge you to begin a 30-day journal! Follow the prompts or your own and get to know yourself a bit better. When you're done, read all the way through and you'll see some change from start to finish-hopefully for the better.

Day 1:

What's your biggest fear? Why are you afraid of it?

Day 2:

Write a narrative about a time that you were really, truly happy.

Day 3:

Think of the person closest to you whether it be a parent, friend, or significant other, and describe them in fifty words.

Day 4:

Write a poem about your first (or worst) heartbreak.

Day 5:

Think about a time where you acted 100% selflessly. How did you feel upon completing the action?

Day 6:

Pretend that you're living your ultimate dream. It could be regarding your job, lifestyle, home, anything, but write about a typical day in the life.

Day 7:

If you had the courage to do anything you wanted, what would you do?

Day 8:

Write about the very first memory you have. What does it mean? Why do you think you remember this and not anything before?

Day 9:

When you wake up, write down 5 things that you are grateful for. Repeat when you go to sleep but don't repeat anything on your list.

Day 10:

It's holiday season and everyone celebrates differently. What do the holidays mean to you/how do you celebrate?

Day 11:

Do you tend to do most of the giving or receiving in your relationships? How can you change this dynamic or improve it?

Day 12:

Think of how you imagined yourself "grown up" when you were younger. Then, write a letter to the younger you. Would you be proud of yourself? What advice would you give?

Day 13:

Do you have any regrets? If so, how can you let go of these or make up for them?

Day 14:

Have you ever been in love? What does love mean to you?

Day 15:

Observe your surroundings and write a narrative of what's going on around you without any punctuation.

Day 16:

Who has had the greatest impact on your life and why? It can be a teacher, a parent, a friend, an event, anything.

Day 17:

If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Day 18:

What is your greatest accomplishment so far and how did you achieve it?

Day 19:

How do you cope with stressful/difficult situations? Assess your coping mechanisms and if you see that they aren't healthy, ponder how you can change them.

Day 20:

If you could hang out with anyone in the world, dead or alive, for a day, who would it be and why? What would you do?

Day 21:

Think of something not-so-nice you've recently said or of resentment you've been holding on to for somebody. Write down what you said or what happened and read through it. Is it worth holding on to? How can you let this go?

Day 22:

There's always room for improvement in our lives. What is one thing you can do each day to better yourself?

Day 23:

Perform a random act of kindness today. It shouldn't be holding a door open for someone or something like that because as decent human beings we should be doing that anyways! How did it make you feel upon completion? Do you want to try it again?

Day 24:

Write about your first childhood friend. What kind of impact do you think they had on your life?

Day 25:

Today, try to focus on how much you're on your phone. If possible, try to limit your use on social media and your phone in general. How difficult or easy was it? Does this change your perspective on your relationship with technology?

Day 26:

Imagine it's Donald Trump's first day in office, and you are Donald Trump. Write about your day in narrative form.

Day 27:

Think of the best vacation/trip you've ever been on. Why was it so great? Would it be different if you went again?

Day 28:

Write about a time you felt weak, and focus on how you became strong again. What does this say about your character?

Day 29:

We've all been hurt before, by people who should never hurt us, and usually we keep quiet about it. Write a letter to someone who hurt you and convey your feelings in a kind, respectful way.

Day 30:

Write a poem about your family. How have they shaped you? Which members have had the greatest impact?

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I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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Life can throw you curveballs sometimes, and times can get tough, but it is SO important to pick yourself up and trust that you can do anything.

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I'll be honest, this school year was one of the hardest years of my life. There were lots of moments throughout the year that I just wanted to go home and get away from it all. I had to be reminded that I have been raised to try as hard as you possibly can, and I was doing that. It took some determination and time, but I didn't give up.

No matter how bad I felt, I stayed and persevered.

Now that I am home for the summer, I have been reminiscing on the past two semesters of school. At the beginning of the school year, I had a much different idea of how it would go. It was going to be "my year," but somehow while the year was going on, I felt that I had been completely wrong. It's easy to come to quick conclusions when life doesn't exactly go your way. Conclusions like "this year has been the worst year ever" and "I can never get a break" were often popping up in my head. My grades weren't where I wanted them, and I was surprised by a lot of occurrences that I never expected to happen (imagine a wild ride). I found out who my true friends are and who I could rely on, and luckily, my circle only grew. Being extremely extroverted, it was hard for me to get out and just do something. Being in this "rut" took a toll on me. I had to make those hard decisions about doing what was best for me in the long run instead of doing something just for the moment. Trust me when I say, this was NOT easy at all.

Through all the tears and change all around me, I decided to proceed to the finish line because I am NOT a quitter.

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Even though I felt like this was one of the worst years of my life, it taught me so much more than I ever expected. Looking back now, I grew so, so much. I learned how to smile when times get tough. I learned that it really is okay to not be okay sometimes, and it will be okay eventually. I learned that it's okay to ask for help because we weren't made to do life alone. Most importantly, I learned how to trust myself. My hope for anyone reading this, you will learn from my experience that the worst seasons get better. I am in such a good place right now because I never gave up, and I will continue to never give up. In a short amount of time, I am seeing how far I have come and how much I grew.

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